What is an LCA?

An LCA or Life Cycle Assessment, is a method of understanding what the environmental footprint of a product will be, over its full life cycle – from cradle to grave.

How is our tool different from other tools?

This is a bespoke marine industry tool that provides a cradle to grave assessment of the materials and processes involved in yacht construction. You will be able to understand the full environmental footprint of your product across all stages of its’ life cycle. With data collected by marine industry experts, from a diverse mix both geographically and sector wide range of businesses in performance, production, rigging, sails, deck hardware. This tool measures 11 different environmental markers to provide a full environmental footprint of your product.

What is cradle to gate?

The term ‘cradle to gate’ describes the tracking of the impact of a product from the sourcing of its raw materials, through its manufacture, to the moment it leaves the factory. It does not cover its transport to its user destination, nor its use phase or end of life impacts.

What is cradle to grave?

The term ‘cradle to grave’ describes the tracking of the impact of a product throughout its full life cycle, from the sourcing of raw materials, manufacturing, transport, use phase, and end of life.

What is cradle to cradle?

This term describes the aspirational waste free system whereby there is no loss of material from one stage to the next, with constituent components able to be fully recycled and put back into production.

What is use phase?

This refers to the footprint left by the product during its use, maintenance, repair, replacement, refurbishment, operational energy and water use.

What is end of life?

This refers to the products impact during deconstruction, transport, waste processing, and disposal or potential reuse-recovery.

Is it only for designers or for everyone?

It is for anyone who has an interest in the impact of a product. Whether you are a designer, provide materials, are a manufacturer, NGO, consumer or waste manager you can benefit from the analysis the tool provides. As a manufacturer you will be able to better understand the impacts of different processes. As a designer you will understand better where you can design out waste and plan for the end of life of the product right at the beginning. As a consumer you can make informed choices about product selection and at disposal, the end user will be able to know exactly how the product can be recycled or disposed.

Does it let people know what can and can’t be recycled?

The end of life section of the LCA will demonstrate a lower value if the product can be recycled. If the product does not currently lend itself to separating into its component parts and recycling, then you will see a greater impact here.

Can anyone use it?

Anyone can use it, but you need to start tracking data if you haven’t already!

Is it complicated to use?

As long as you know the quantities of materials and the processes you have used in the manufacturing of your product, the rest is calculated instantly for you. You will be able to make informed sustainable choices by testing different materials and processes through the tool, comparing the cradle to grave footprint of options available.

Why do we need it?

“If we cant measure it, we cant manage it”. If we don’t know where our biggest impacts lie we are just guessing at how we can best manage the environmental footprint of our products. This tool will help you strategically manage the impact of your products and report transparently on their reduction.

How many materials do you measure?

Currently the database holds 221 material entries. 76 of those are full entries with 11 environmental impacts recorded.We need pilot and working partners to help us conduct marine industry primary research to increase these numbers as we develop the tool until its launch in November 2019.